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Obama Ups Bid as GOP Looks For Way Out of Crisis

PhdisReality Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 10:34 PM
I don't think it's willful ignorance, it's more the fact that they have been spoon-fed fantasies for the last 20 years. They basically don't understand politics beyond "we good, they evil" and have basically no understanding of how government even works.

It's possible to have a strong hand and still overplay it. As Republicans see things, that's what President Obama is doing in the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

In private conversation, some in the GOP appear a little sheepish about the fact that they once took the president seriously. Even though he had the upper hand after winning re-election, they thought he genuinely wanted to avoid going over the cliff and would negotiate in good faith. Then Obama sent Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill with a thumb-in-the-eye offer, and Republicans got the message.

In subsequent days, Obama has not...